National Library Roadshow comes to Aberdeen

A National Library of Scotland Roadshow is coming to Aberdeen next week and is inviting the public along to meet NLS staff and Trustees. Next Monday and Tuesday (13 and 14 November) at Aberdeen Central Library there will be the opportunity to:

  • View displays on Muriel Spark, author of 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'.
  • Learn about the John Murray Archive, which was recently acquired for £33 million and contains records and correspondence of the publishing firm that brought the world Darwin, Byron, Livingstone and many others.
  • See a selection of foreign items from NLS collections, including material from Poland, Russia, India and North America.
  • Get a guided tour of NLS online services, including digital material such as the first ever atlas of Scotland and digitised manuscripts, as well as online materials pertaining to Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, the earliest Scottish printed books and also 'broadsides', the news sheets that were the tabloids of their day from 1650 to the beginning of the 20th century.
  • Meet expert curatorial staff.
  • Register for an NLS reader's ticket, the pass to accessing the 13 million items held in the Library's own collections, as well as electronic access to a wealth of other material including digitised versions of books published before 1800.

All this and more will be open to the public at Aberdeen Central Library from 9am to 8pm on Monday and from 9am to 2pm on Tuesday.

To coincide with the Roadshow, the Library Board of Trustees' Annual General Meeting will also be held in Aberdeen for the first time. It starts at 2pm on Monday 13 November at the City Council's Town House building on Broad Street and is open to the public.

The National Library of Scotland and Aberdeen Library and Information Services launched a major new partnership in January 2005, and NLS took part in the Aberdeen Storytelling Festival earlier this year. The Library has a similar partnership in place with Moray Library Service.

National Librarian Martyn Wade said: 'We're very pleased to be bringing this Roadshow to Aberdeen and we hope very much that local people will come along and see what we have to offer. Despite the fact we're based in Edinburgh, it's important to remember that the National Library is for all the people of Scotland, wherever they may be. We welcome every opportunity to demonstrate this, whether by taking part in events like this, by partnerships like the one we have with Aberdeen Libraries and Information Services or by promoting the wealth of services we offer to remote users.'

9 November 2006

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